I believe it's important to give to charity. That's why I
want to make sure the money you donate goes to the cause and not to a con
artist or some overpaid fundraiser.
Don't believe what you hear on the phone or read in a charity solicitation.
Before you give, check them out yourself and verify the claims. It doesn’t
take all that long.
The sites listed below make it really easy to do.
Kiplinger’s named this the best charity review site of 2011. Charity
Navigator rates more than 5,000 charities for financial health,
accountability and transparency.
This site is run by the Better Business Bureau. It does not rank charities,
but rather helps you make informed judgments about the groups that solicit
It maintains a national database of nonprofits. Much of the information
comes from Form 990 that the charity files with the IRS.
This charity rating and evaluation service is run by the American Institute
of Philanthropy. It sees itself as the “independent, aggressive charity
watchdog” that you rely on.
Before giving to an unknown charity, it is always wise to make sure they are
registered to solicit money in your state. In Washington you can check with
Secretary of State’s office.
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